Second Lives

I'd be lying if I said I actually looked this put together to work out....I time going to the gym at the exact moment when people are stuck in traffic, so that know one catches any evidence of me running my ass off in pink sneakers while liquid eyeliner looses it's grip against gravity and starts making it's way down my face. It's a sight I only bestow upon myself. These were some of the pieces I was able to snag from returns so dammit, I'm not going to let them sit in a drawer...and I doubt I'd dirty up some Wang at the gym:) In other news...how the hell is it almost Christmas already? 3 weeks and BAM! I could have swore it was still August....but alas, tis the season to chug nog like a beast and snoop the interwebz for any and all coupon codes.  I tried really hard to get into the black Friday mood, but ended up buying an espresso machine and calling it a success of a day. I think the biggest gifts of all are days off...so I'm content with endless steamy coffee and sleeping in this holiday season :)

tops and gloves by Alexander Wang
Shorts by Asos


Undiscovered Lands

That white fluffy snow you see in that last photo? It did in fact snow in Seattle the morning of this shoot :) On a biting 27 degree morning I trekked to the top of my building decked out in gear only to find that my location was covered in ice....luckily, by noon it melted and the sun was giving off just enough light to get some killer pictures:) As the Winter goes into hyper drive, it's getting so much harder to plan shoots and not have momma nature plan otherwise. Through frozen pinky fingers and foggy camera lenses, I made it work, of course :) How can I not resist looking over the vast bay with my super cool Niki English handbag and reflector gloves?
Speaking of super cool things, and looking out into the deep dark depths of the universe and such...if you haven't seen this breathtaking video called "Wanderers" and you have even an iota of interest in outer space...watch this. It's visually beautiful even space travel aint ur thang :)


A Thousand Details

Handbags by Niki English

There's always something incredibly inspiring about the spark and passion that fuels small American businesses. Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of photographing so many brilliant pieces from designers across the globe, but I have always had a special place in my dark little cave of a heart for designers crafting and creating in the USA. Niki English,  a divine and cutting edge handbag company straight out of the heart of New York, embodies every ounce of creative passion I look for in fueling a shoot concept.  For these multiple editorials ( which you will see the rest later this week) I wanted to accentuate the balance of soft leather and hard architectural lines with similar styling. Pulling from classic black and white portraiture, an undertone of futurism, and a fohawk a la Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...and the movie intro...and WAH LA! Of course, I couldn't edit this set without the soundtrack to the movie by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. 
Stay tuned for the rest of these killer shoots coming soon!
If you haven't seen the intro I'm talking about...umm...hello...



After an hour of make-shifting some kind of chin height table for portrait tests...I most definitely resorted to using my bathroom for more than it's suggested purposes :) It's ironic that to come up with a simple look for a photograph, you just need to stare at your surrounding walls long enough to pull a macgyver. Amidst the see of images on Pinterest, I came across this stunning vintage portrait of some random chic in a stupid frilly bonnet leaning against a table and staring off into space. I immediately became entranced with a fudge brownie recipe to the left of it and in a flash, could not find the photo again...but the overall vibe really was thought provoking. As an artist, I constantly struggle with the demand for results verses the actual time it takes to just sit there and think about the strategy to get to the desired outcome. It's like sitting Dali down and saying "paint a picture about this...ok go" and expecting instant perfection. One of the most important aspects to my own process is to constantly be diving in and out of the same project, with breaks of alternate visuals. Sometimes you have to drop everything and come back to realize the next steps...or stare out into the great blue ( or grey in today's case) skies. I find myself going into this like...stare out the window phase for concepts...that to me is normal...but when I saw that old photo on Pinterest...I was basically like.." that's me...zoning the fuck out while looking fabulous" :)
Anyways...my make shift table turned into a homemade shit table, and I dragged my studio light and wig into the bathroom like all classy bitches do. To the eye, the end images appear serene and still....and behind the scenes, there's a toilet, a mirror and a tripod within chin's distance, all encasing you in a hot mess of a beauty shoot. Kind of like the mind I suppose, because what you see is not always the whole story.
Big shoots coming to the blog soon, by the way. I had my mini Wang rant a few weeks ago, but managed to fuck the system a tad and buy things people returned ....bless those fashion gods...granted I could only grab a could more things, but it will be a cold day in hell when I pass up shooting that amazingness. Also, thanking the Instagram gods for this situation as well. type in Wang's sacred hashtag and a feed of images captioned with witty lines about the amount of returns that magically appeared in H&M stores a week later. Also shooting a killer handbag editorial this weekend...stay tuned my pretties :)


11 twenty 2 thousand and 14

I shot these sets around Halloween, but leave it to me to create a vortex of dozens of photosets on my desktop that haven't been officially published. I do so many dark shoots that they all become a massive black infused blob of bad ass images. Anyways...these are bits and pieces from promotional shoots over the past month. I don't even know what possessed me to pull out the dreaded BM "swimsuits" from their dark prison, a.k.a. the pits of my closet...but they went with the styling so whatevs.  
In other news, there are some cool collabs in the works..so watch this space :) In even more news, I've been so busy with work and with life's crazy twists and stresses ..that my noggin is empty of thought...so just absorb the pretty pictures and keep and eye out for some cool shit :) 


Fearful Odds

It was an absolutely sunny and glorious day today...which was such a change of scenery considering last week the wind and rain was so nutty I managed to lose two umbrellas with the battle against momma nature. It was so calm and serene, I couldn't help but drag my ass up to the roof of my building to test the light and space...since I had never shot there before :) The view is pretty breathtaking...and at times I felt like a goober doing makeshift vogue poses when Mount Rainier stands with such beautiful stature behind me. That and a big crane...which I've walked by every day since moving here and resisted climbing on to get a picture...but hey...that's illegal...I don't have time for that!
I also really really wanted to shoot the one and only thing I could grab from the new Alexander Wang collection at H&M....and jeez...if I ever got a stroke from a release of neoprene tube tops..it had to be this one. One of the things that I commend Wang for, is deciding to do "Accessible fashion" and partner with H&M. However...is the definition of accessible fashion lining up the night before with color coded wrist bands and rules...and sitting at work hitting the refresh button as the site goes live and crashes for an hour straight? I'd call that obsessive fashion. I wanted this collection more than anything but alas, it wasn't really meant to be. An hour into the sale, everything was gone. What I can say about this type of thangggg...these collaborations...these moments where articles of clothing become life consuming...is that I'm actually happy it all turned out the way it did (my bank account is happy too) Two days after the sale, the only piece that truly caught my eye when sneak previews were leaking online...happened to be hanging all by itself at the downtown store...in my size. The fashion gods granted upon me only the necessity rather than the excess, which is a lesson one must possess with shopping. Needless to say, I bought it and shot it :) Ironically on this brilliant sunny day, I managed to turn this shoot into a dark and deadly pictorial...which, hey...give me sun and I'll give it a vampire twist.